The History of Ischia’s Thermal Waters

Water is life. In Ischia, a small island off the coast of Naples in Italy that is the home of my ancestors and husband, the thermal waters have healing properties and support the island’s main source of income, which is tourism. In other words, water is really life there. Discover how people came to learn of the island’s healing powers:

History of Ischia’s Thermal Waters and Rise as Tourist Hot Spot

January 1, 0700

History of Ischia’s Thermal Waters and Rise as Tourist Hot Spot

The Euboeans, a Greek tribe, settle the island we now call Ischia. They discover the island’s volcanic origins and use the thermal water from the springs to treat the wounds of injured soldiers, according to Ischia Review.  

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Ischia’s Thermal Waters Help Make the Island Italian

January 1, 0800

Ischia’s Thermal Waters Help Make the Island Italian

6 AD – The Romans discard Pithekoussai, which was the name the Greeks had given to the island, for the name Enaria. The island gets traded to the Neapolitans for Capri, its neighbor. Eventually, during this period, the island receives its name, Ischia. The Romans build “thermae” or baths on…

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Recognition of Ischia’s Thermal Waters

January 1, 1559

Recognition of Ischia’s Thermal Waters

1559 – Author Giulio Iasolino wrote a book about the health effects of Ischia’s thermal waters. This is how many people discovered the existence of the water and its healing power.  

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Garibaldi Seeks Ischia’s Thermal Waters to Heal War Wounds

June 19, 1864

Garibaldi Seeks Ischia’s Thermal Waters to Heal War Wounds

June 19, 1864 – The doctor of Giuseppe Garibaldi, hero of the Italian Risorgimento, sends him to Ischia to heal a foot injury he experienced two years earlier in the battle at Aspromonte.  

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Ischia’s Thermal Waters – What’s in the Water?

January 1, 1918

Ischia’s Thermal Waters – What’s in the Water?

1918 – Marie Curie visits the island and studies the composition of Ischia’s thermal waters. She says the water is radioactive and contains radium, radon, thorium, uranium, and actinium, according to Napoli Unplugged.  

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Ischia’s Thermal Waters Make It a Top Destination for Wellness

June 6, 2019

Ischia’s Thermal Waters Make It a Top Destination for Wellness

Today – Ischia’s thermal waters and the famous spas that allow tourists to take advantage of its healing powers have made the island one of the world’s best destinations for health and wellness vacations.

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Di Meglio is the author of Fun with the Family New Jersey (Globe Pequot Press, 2012). She also has written the Our Paesani column for ItaliansRus.com since 2003. You can follow the Italian Mamma on Facebook or Twitter @ItalianMamma10.

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